OUTLAW CREATIVE CUISINE
By : MELISSA RICHTER
25 June 2017
About: Not the easiest place to find, Outlaw Creative Cuisine is almost hidden on a small back soi connecting Charoenkrung Soi 43 and 45 near the Chao Phraya River. It’s not a place you are likely to just stumble upon when walking by, and they owe most of their success to recommendations via word of mouth and their excellent reviews by international travelers on social media platforms. Getting back to basics and appreciating food that is simple and natural is an overriding philosophy of the French owner Romain Guiot and his girlfriend Gift. “I have a passion for art and cooking. The concept here was always to keep the kitchen open so that I can communicate with customers in an open and honest way. There’s nowhere to hide in my kitchen” asserts Chef Romain.
Décor: The venue is located in a tiny shophouse with the restaurant encompassing a small space on the first floor. There is an undeniable homey and bohemian vibe and the kitchen is located at the entrance in the front with a small handcrafted wooden bar made from repurposed wood serving as the main centerpiece. There is only seating for possibly 14 -15 people at one time. There are special touches at every turn from the furniture, Edison light fixtures, and cabinetry, to the gallery of framed local photography on the wall. Everything is either handmade by Chef Romain or made with repurposed materials. It’s a funky space that exudes personality and warmth, and dining here feels like being invited over to a friend’s house to sit back, and relax.
Menu: With only one chef in the kitchen at any time, the menu is small and concise. They have a menu that changes seasonally, and they offer a selection of appetizers, salads, tartines, cold cuts, cheese, pastas and grilled meats. All of the proteins are imported along with the cheese, charcuterie and even some of the fresh herbs. Outlaw also has a very good selection of both local craft beer and imported craft beer, and we highly recommend the Baladin Wayan from Italy which is a very drinkable farmhouse ale. On the food side, you won’t go wrong with either the Smoked Duck Margret Bruschetta or the creamy Burratina Cheese w/ Thai Basil, Toasted Multigrain Bread & Balsamic Glaze. Another standout dish is the freshly made Argentinean Beef Tenderloin Tartare. It’s a tangy, spicy and texturally pleasing dish that you won’t soon forget. For a main course I opted for the Pan Seared Lamb Chops w/ Truffle Mashed Potatoes. I found the lamb to be a bit on the fatty side, but the potato mash and vibrant salad were both quite satisfying and memorable. Outlaw has a very limited menu of dessert options, but I preferred a shot of their 22 year old Song Sam which has deep aged caramel notes and a much smoother finish than the version you get at the supermarket or local 7-11.
Evaluation: Outlaw Creative Cuisine is a great spot for some unpretentious and homey dining and drinking in a laid back and friendly environment. Chef Romain and his friendly staff make every guest feel at home, and the simple, wholesome food prepared fresh to order makes you feel as if you are not just a valued guest, but a part of the family.